Woolley’s Warriors aims to help others living with diabetes

By Greg Cowan, The Sun Times

Mark Woolley woke up in an ambulance “shell shocked”.

Nearly two weeks after the hulking defender packed his bags for Owen Sound the centrepiece of the Attack’s franchise-changing blockbuster was home in St. Thomas for his dad’s 50th birthday.

“It was the scariest moment of my life,” he recalls. “I learned my lesson. I went to bed without testing my blood. I’ll tell you I’ll never do that again.”

Woolley is a Type 1 diabetic. That night in St. Thomas his blood sugar was so low he became unresponsive. His parents checked on him “luckily,” Woolley recalls, and at 4 a.m. the paramedics arrived to take him to the hospital.

He slipped up. The 17-year-old had been checking his sugar levels multiple times a day – often by pricking his finger and drawing blood to test – since he was diagnosed at age 12. He checked it before games and after each period. He was managing the disease, but it caught up with him.

“I was the one who went through it, and obviously it was the scariest moment in my life, but putting my parents through that too was . . . it’s unimaginable, I can’t imagine what they were going through,” he said.

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